It's every avid reader's lament: so many books... so little time. I read so many truly wonderful books this year, but didn't get to everything I might have liked. The following are just a few of the books that came out in 2011 which I would have loved to have read but didn't.*
The Magician King, Lev Grossman, Viking Books, 2011
Many of my fellow bloggers disliked this book (and its predecessor, The Magicians) intensely. Intensely! Oh, the tweets! And I don't actually blame them. I don't know how to properly describe my feelings for The Magicians, except that I was enchanted and completely transported by the story and could not put it down, no matter how aggravated I grew with the characters and no matter how bleak and depressing the ending. I expect nothing less from its sequel The Magician King, and can't wait to read it.
Started Early, Took My Dog, Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, 2011
I love, love, love Kate Atkinson's books- they are a delightful combination of mystery-meets-literary fiction, and I just adore detective Jackson Brodie. I do. (Her non-Jackson Brodie fiction is wonderful as well, by the way- Behind the Scenes at The Museum was an excellent read.)
Swamplandia, Karen Russell, Vintage Books, 2011
Swamps, and alligators, and ghosts - oh my! Confession: I didn't get very far with St. Lucy's School for Girls when it came out, but very much enjoyed the story about a family running an alligator wrestling theme park that grew into this novel.
Zazen, Vanessa Vaselka, Red Lemonade, 2011
Zazen, a novel with a post-apocalyptic type setting from Vanessa Vaselka and the innovative publisher Red Lemonade, was one of the very hot indie press reads of this year. Zazen would ordinarily not be my kind of story at all... except that I have heard so many rave reviews from other readers whose opinions I value. Would love to give it a try.
The list goes on and on (you can see more on my shelf at Goodreads), and does not include the books coming out just now (such as The Artist of Disappearance, by Anita Desai.). Books I'm looking forward to in 2012 will be another blog post entirely...
What are some of the books you hoped to read this year, but didn't get to? Please share in the comments!
*(In some circles of people, such as those who live with me here in my house, dear husband and children, this list might be otherwise known as...My Holiday Wish List.)